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The Last Southern Democrat — HAMMOND, La.-Mary Landrieu is dead, and everyone knows it but Mary Landrieu. The senior senator from Louisiana, a diminutive blond woman with a round, youthful face, is standing under a green canopy in the middle of an airfield. The canopy reads, "City of Hammond, Too Lovely to Litter."

What's Next for the Democrats? — I was talking to Ted Strickland, the former governor of Ohio, when Nick Hanauer approached. "What did you call it again?" Strickland asked Hanauer, a Seattle-based tech zillionaire who has become a celebrity on the left for his advocacy of wealth redistribution. "Feckless corporate stooges," Hanauer said, enunciating each word with a broad grin.

Case sheds light on juvenile justice system — One of Marcus Dixon's hardest days in prison was when he heard about a roller coaster about to open atop the Stratosphere. "Man, I wanted to be out of here so bad," he said, a toothy smile breaking open his delicate, heart-shaped face.

The Long Shot - The Atlantic — Martin O'Malley ought to be a Democrat's dream candidate. In two terms as the governor of Maryland, he's ushered in a sweeping liberal agenda that includes gay marriage, gun control, an end to the death penalty, and in-state college tuition for undocumented immigrants.

A Republican Wave Sweeps the Midterm Elections — LOUISVILLE, Ky.-Republicans took the Senate majority in a commanding sweep on Tuesday, winning nearly every contested race across the country, gaining governor's mansions and adding to their majority in the House of Representatives. For weeks, pundits had debated the semantics of what would constitute a "wave" election, but when it came, it was unmistakable.

Mitch McConnell, on the Brink — MADISONVILLE, Ky.-"Well, we expect to win," Mitch McConnell said, his jowly face set in its usual chelonian glare. McConnell, the Senate minority leader, was standing in the parking lot of a Hertz Rent-a-Car office in this Western Kentucky coal-and-tobacco town, having just participated in its Veterans Day parade with his wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.

Latino Voters' Wrenching Midterm-Election Choice — DENVER-Christian Avila was getting ready to give a pep talk, but first, he had an announcement for his team of election canvassers: "I do have pepper spray-raise your hand if you need it," he said. "The only rule is, don't spray me."

Not That Kind of Republican — BOULDER, Colo.-In the tiny storefront that houses the Boulder County Republicans, the air is thick with paranoia. At the front of the crowded room, the county GOP chairwoman, Ellyn Hilliard, is lecturing on voter fraud and the Democratic conspiracy she's convinced is afoot to steal the election.

The Democrats' Ground Game May Be Falling Short in Iowa — NEWTON, Iowa-These are not easy times for a Democratic canvasser, and Cindy Pollard knows it. For months, she has been working the neighborhoods of this hollowed-out former manufacturing town east of Des Moines, driving up and down its streets in her black Toyota 4Runner. The vanity plate says "CINDY."

What Will the GOP Senate Be Like? — "The way I describe it is, we're putting the guardrails on the Obama administration's last two years," Senator Rob Portman told me in a recent interview, explaining how he envisions a Republican-controlled Senate proceeding. Needing GOP approval for nominees, Obama would have to appoint moderates to judicial and executive positions, he said.
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